Newsletter No. 2 • December 2016

IVM in the spotlight

In the Dutch TV broadcast  ‘Hallo Nederland’  Jeroen Aerts underlined the importance of evacuation exercises in cases of flooding, as was done for two days in Marken. ‘Although we have good dikes in the Netherlands’, he said, ‘it is still very important that people realize the danger of flooding. This exercise and the media attention helps to bring the urgency under attention on national level’.

At COP22 of the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, IVM’s Oscar Widerberg (EPA) organised a side-event together with FORES, the German Development Institute and the University of York, discussing linkages between national and sub-national climate action. The side-event attracted about 100 people. For more information on this event please read a blogpost by Oscar:  http://fragmentation.eu/?p=405.

On 10 November 2016, IVM organised a workshop with its partners in the CAPFLO project.  CAPFLO  is a 2-year EU-funded research project addressing social capacity building for fluvial flood risk mitigation, focusing on participatory processes to build the capacity of communities. The Dutch case study focuses on the flood-prone parishes of Itteren and Borgharen near Maastricht, along the Meuse river. The assessment of social capacity in the parishes, conducted in June 2016, was covered by  local media.